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Helping to make Christmas special for pets in need

A leading Warwickshire vets is again appealing to generous people to help make Christmas special for animals in need.

Avonvale Veterinary Centres has launched its annual Christmas Shoe Box Appeal which this year will support Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue, Avon Cat Rescue, in Welford and Pawprints Dog Rescue, in Rugby.


Tricia Shaw, a trustee of Pawprints Dog Rescue, with Bella.

There are three ways people can show their support for the appeal. They can purchase items from Avonvale which will be put into a box for them, they can donate items to go into a box, such as unopened bags or tins of food, pet treats, collars or toys, or they can fill a box themselves with suitable items.

All boxes and donations can be dropped off at any of Avonvale’s surgeries and will be delivered to the charities in plenty of time for them to be opened and their contents enjoyed on Christmas Day.

Avonvale’s group practice manager Kate Webb said: “Most of us spoil our pets but the animals we want to help through our appeal have very little, if anything at all, so we really want to do what we can to brighten up their Christmases.

“Last year we were truly overwhelmed by how generous people were and we hope that this year is even better.

“We have surgeries in Warwick, Kenilworth, Stratford, Heathcote, Southam, Wellsbourne and Cubbington and they’re all taking part in this Christmas appeal, so you can just choose which is the most convenient for you to make your donation.”

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Nurturing a new generation of nurse dental champions

A leading Warwickshire vets is heading up the fight against dental disease by nurturing a new generation of nurse dental champions who are offering help and advice for pets and owners.

Avonvale Veterinary Centre’s nurse dental champions are qualified nurses with a special interest in dentistry, which they use to help educate their colleagues and clients about dental care and disease prevention.


Nurse dental champion, Jasmine Legge, checks the dental health of a patient

Avonvale’s nurse dental champions receive career development and up-skilling via webinars and in-house training and also attend practical workshops.

They receive training from specialists at Eastcott Referrals, in Swindon, which is also part of the Linnaeus Group, and are given access to an abundance of support materials.

Nurse dental champion, Jasmin Legge, said: “We increase owners’ knowledge of what dental treatments can be performed at Avonvale and highlight the welfare benefits of dentistry to them.

“We give our patients a free consultation and take a look to see if they have any dental issues.

“If we believe they do, they will be referred to a vet for this to be confirmed and for them to assess what work is needed.

“We are also able to carry out scale and polishes on animals and we follow this up with educational post-dental checks, giving advice to owners on how to maintain good dental hygiene.

“Dental disease is a common problem and can cause misery for a lot of pets, which is why we want to do all we can to help alleviate the problem and to educate owners on how they can play their part.

“Here at Avonvale, when you have a particular area of interest, you are given amazing opportunities to help develop it. Nurse dental champions are a prime example of this.

“Nurturing clinical excellence in all areas is a priority across all Avonvale’s branches, so we can offer the very best care to our patients, and team members get the chance to develop their skills and knowledge.”

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Leading Warwickshire vets throwing open its doors

A leading Warwickshire vet is throwing open the doors to one of its branches so the public can discover more about veterinary care.

Avonvale Veterinary Centres will be holding an open evening at its Wellesbourne branch, in Warwick Road, on Thursday, August 8 from 7pm.

Deborah Newman, senior vet, said: “Not only is the event open to all our existing clients, but we would also welcome any members of the public who want to come along and see what services we can offer to them and their pets.

“They will be given an insight into how a veterinary practice operates as we will have a mock surgery set up. They will also be able to see the prep room and theatre.

“As well as a tour of the facilities, there will be a series of displays focusing on things such as dental x-rays and coping with pets and parasites.”
Veterinary staff will be on hand throughout the event to answer any questions visitors have.

For those with a sweet tooth, cakes are also being prepared by staff to raise money for Cat’s Protection, Avonvale’s chosen charity.

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Senior vet Deborah Newman is inviting the public to the open evening at the Wellesbourne branch.

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Bella’s having a ball after life-changing operation

bella the pug at avonvale veterinary centre

Bella the pug is now much happier after her operation.

A pug dog is enjoying a new lease of life after a leading Warwickshire vet carried out an operation which dramatically improved her breathing problems.

Like many pugs and other flat faced dogs, Bella, who is six, suffered from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS).

The breed has all of the anatomy of a longer nosed dog condensed into their flat noses, so there can be very little room for air to get in and out.

Bella was given a general anaesthetic and Katie Wain, clinical director of Avonvale Veterinary Centres, operated to remove part of her soft pallet, to solve the issue.

The case has prompted Katie to issue advice to owners of flat faced dogs. She said it is not normal for them to breathe noisily and if they are doing this, owners should take them to see a vet.

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Bella with Katie Wain, clinical director at Avonvale Veterinary Centres

Katie said: “I found her soft palate was too long and was flapping and blocking her airway so I shortened this to stop it happening.

“She also had really tiny nostrils which I made bigger.

“Immediately after the op you could hear a difference in her breathing. We kept her in overnight so we could monitor her and she was sent home the following day.

“Now, nine months later, and her owners simply can’t believe the difference in her. She is a much brighter and happier dog.”

David Barnes, who takes care of Bella during the week while his daughter Charlotte is at work, said: “The change in Bella was almost instantaneous. Before her op, she really struggled, particularly on hot days.

“She would get breathless when we took her for walks, she would snore really loudly and her inability to breath properly used to wake her up at night. It was so upsetting.

“She is now a different dog. She is just so happy. She is no longer distressed at night by sleep apnea, caused by gasping for breath”.

Bella is already a bit of a legend as last year, David released a book about his and Bella’s life together. Money made through sales of “Paws for Thought” is being donated to Pug and French Bull Dog Rescue and Rehoming Foundation, in Wales.

Katie has some advice to pug owners. She said: “People should be aware that BOAS is a problem that often occurs in this breed of dog.

“Many people think their noisy breathing is normal but it really isn’t. A normal dog shouldn’t make a noise when breathing, this is a sign that something is blocking the airway.”

She said another issue with pugs is that they are very prone to heat stroke, so owners should be wary with the summer approaching.

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